[The Hutchinson River ecosystem, which includes one of the last remaining salt marshes in NYC, has recently come to the notice, interest and scrutiny of scientists and water advocacy groups for various studies, testing and monitoring. HRRP is very pleased that the Hutch is finally getting the attention it deserves. Our hope is that this attention will lead to greater efforts in cleaning up and restoring the river. Our work has taken on even more significance now. At our January Board meeting, we discussed the possibility of HRRP taking on a larger role by assisting in some of these efforts. We’ll let you know what happens.]
By MARC SANTORA JAN. 19, 2017
Surrounded by landmarks of modernity like Co-op City in the Bronx, a sliver of New York’s ancient past remains relatively untouched.
It is one of the city’s last salt marshes, a coastal ecosystem dominated by dense and sturdy stands of plants and grasses that has been trapping and binding sediments from the flow of the tides for thousands of years.
The sediment there tells a story of the past and, according to a new study, offers a dire warning about the future that corresponds with similar research conducted around the world.
The finding that sea levels are now rising faster than at any other time in 15 centuries is consistent with other measurements made in the western North Atlantic. But in revealing the threat to New York City specifically, the study, which was published online in the scientific journal The Holocene this month, also confirms fears that the region is on a course to realize dire projections set for the next few decades. More than $25 billion worth of infrastructure will be under direct threat from flooding through the coming decades, scientists believe, including seven hospitals, 183 hazardous waste sites and the homes of nearly 100,000 people.
Here are the reports from our 7th annual cleanup on Sept. 18th. We file these reports each year with the American Littoral Society and the Ocean Conservancy so they can record and track the data for surveys and progress reports about the health of our waterways. These files are also uploaded to the “Documents” section of our website.
58 people participated this year, the most ever. We want to thank everyone for your efforts in helping to restore this treasure in our own back yard, and in helping to protect the ecosystem of one of the last remaining salt marshes in NYC.
We hope you all had an exciting, enjoyable and worthwhile day at our 7th Annual Hutch Cleanup. We’ll be submitting reports to the American Littoral Society and the Ocean Conservancy which sponsor and monitor these cleanups. The reports will be uploaded to the Documents section of the website for you to review.
We’d also like this year’s participants to report back to us as well. We’ve created a form on the website where you can give us your feedback about the event, for example, what site you went to; the strangest / most unexpected thing you found; what you learned; suggestions and ideas for improving the event; or any other comments you want to make.
Go to our “2016 Cleanup Participant Survey” page to fill out and submit the form. (your personal information will not be seen on the site). Or you may comment in the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of the page.
Our thanks to everyone who helped out today. You are making a difference. Hope to see you at next year’s cleanup.
You’re invited to join HRRP for our 7th Annual Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary Cleanup. The event will be held on Sunday September 18, 2016 from 9am — 3pm. Volunteers will assemble on the southwest corner of City Island Rd. and Shore Rd., Bronx, NY (across from the Pelham Bit Stables). The BX29 bus stops right there.
Parking will be available in the Turtle Cove Driving Range parking area on City Island Rd.
The goals of the Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary Cleanup Project are to bring the existence of the Sanctuary. located in Pelham Bay Park, to the community’s attention and to continue the cleanup of the debris (bottles, plastic,tires, etc.) that is found on its one and a half mile shore on the east bank of the Hutchinson River. The Pell Sanctuary is the largest salt marsh habitat in New York City outside of Jamaica Bay. It is only accessible from the Hutchinson River. It is impossible to reach this shore from the land because the land is swampy and devoid of trails. Because of this limited accessibility, the only way to approach the cleanup area is by boat. So that the sanctuary nesting cycle is not disturbed, access is limited until Summer’s end. The third limit is overall working environment, weather and tides. Experience has shown that rising tide is the major factor. Considering these limits, Sunday September 18, 2016 has been selected. The volunteers will be taken to the cleanup sites by canoe or power boat. At the sites the cleanup parties will place recovered trash in bags which will then be placed in the power boats and taken to the shore processing point. The power boats will continue to return to the cleanup sites until all bags and volunteers are recovered.
For more info, contact Hutchinson River Restoration Project (HRRP) at 718 885 9653 or HutchinsonRRP@aol.com.
BRONX – Part of the Hutchinson River near Mount Vernon recently earned the distinction of being the most fecal-contaminated of 52 sites of waterway tested in the Long Island Sound watershed by Save the Sound. The Hutchinson River Restoration Project, an environmental group advocating for a cleaner river, said that public access for kayakers and canoeists is necessary to end the pollution.
“Basically, we are interested in and hoping that someday ‘the Hutch’ will be something that people can use. You know, right now it is not accessible,” said Eleanor Rae, president of the Hutchinson River Restoration Project. “Public access is key.” Continue reading →
The annual HRRP Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary Shoreline Cleanup is not only a fun and rewarding event for the people who participate (thanks again to all who did this year) but it also serves an important purpose in documenting the efforts and progress being made in restoring our waterways by monitoring and tracking the debris and trash we collect. HRRP works in conjunction with the American Littoral Society and the Ocean Conservancy — just two of the many environmental groups advocating for our waterways — in organizing these cleanups. Part of that job is submitting surveys to both groups, with a record of the number of people who attended, and the amount and types of debris we’ve collected. The finished surveys are shown below and can also be found on our website: www.hutchinsonriverrestorationproject.org.
Here are some of the highlights (a complete breakdown of the items collected can be seen on the report):
Number of people who participated this year: 51 adults / 16 children
Number of trash bags filled: 82
Distance covered: 2.5 miles
Most unusual item(s) collected: 2 swimming pools
One participant found a fully intact horseshoe crab shell:
If you’d like more information, would like to volunteer with HRRP, or would like to subscribe to our email list, contact us at email@example.com.
The weather was perfect this past Sunday for our HRRP 6th Annual Shoreline Cleanup. The event was very well attended, with more participation by local youth groups than ever before, and coverage by the local press. A video crew was there to record the event for a documentary / promotional video.
Below are some of the pics from the day. If you participated in the cleanup and took your own pics, please feel free to post them to our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/HutchinsonRRP – or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll upload them to our website. Be sure to include your name so we can give credit where due.
Thank to everyone who came out. Hope to see you again next year.
Join us tomorrow, Saturday, May 2nd as we hike to the summit of the Pelham landfill for a spectacular view of the Hutchinson River and then make our way back down and over to the assembly area and launch site for our annual Clean-Up.
You’ll learn about the river, the Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary, Anne Hutchinson (for whom the river is named), and the work of HRRP in bringing attention to this long neglected natural resource and our efforts to restore it to health.
Visit our Jane’s Walk 2015 page for more information and to register. Participation is free of charge and open to all.
Jane’s Walk’s are a series of walking tours that were started in 2007 to honor the memory and work of author and community activist, Jane Jacobs, the woman who (along with the Greenwich Village community she organized), took on Robert Moses in his bid to push an expressway through their community and won. The walks are scheduled for the first weekend in May to coincide with Jacobs’ birthday. They are free and open to everyone.
The organizers of Jane’s Walk have invited HRRP to organize our own walk, which we have scheduled for May 2nd from 2 – 4 pm. The walk will include a hike up the Pelham Bay Park land fill where we can view the Hutchinson River and learn what is being done to make the river accessible and clean. After descent from the land fill, those who wish to continue will cross the bridge over the Hutchinson River and walk down the trail to where the canoes are launched for our annual fall cleanup of the Pell Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located on the river. The walk will begin at the Southwest corner of the Pelham landfill located on Pelham Parkway East just before the Hutchinson River drawbridge (directions below). The site is easily accessible from Pelham Parkway, The Hutchinson River Parkway, and I-95. Parking is available.
Registration is required for this walk but is limited to 40 participants. You may register for the walk on this website. Just visit our “Jane’s Walk 2015” page and fill out the form.
DIRECTIONS: By Public Transportation: Subway: #6 Pelham Bay Line to Pelham Bay Park (last stop) Bus: BX5, 8, 12, 23, 24, 29, Q50, #45 Bee Line to Pelham Bay Park #6 station
Cross over Bruckner Expwy. to Pelham Bay Park and follow road Northeast passed Bronx Victory Memorial to land fill entrance just before traffic light.
By Car: Pelham Parkway East: passed I-95 overpass and entrance ramp to I-95 North, first right just before traffic light into land fill parking lot. Hutchinson River Parkway North: Exit 3E, continue on service road to Pelham Parkway East, passed I-95 overpass and entrance ramp to I-95 North, first right just before traffic light into land fill parking lot. Hutchinson River Parkway South: Exit 3E on to Pelham Parkway East, passed I-95 overpass and entrance ramp to I-95 North, first right just before traffic light into land fill parking lot. I-95 North (Bruckner Expwy.): Stay to the right and take City Island/Orchard Beach exit, follow road Northeast passed Bronx Victory Memorial to land fill entrance. I-95 South: Exit 8B on to Pelham Parkway East, passed I-95 overpass and entrance ramp to I-95 North, first right just before traffic light into land fill parking lot.